WOOSTER -- Trevon Trammell was literally bloodied, but unbowed, after Clear Fork's 26-8 regional semifinal playoff win against Lorain Clearview on Saturday night.
The senior, who took a shot to the mouth during the game that drew blood, accounted for 257 yards rushing and receiving, scoring three touchdowns as the Colts moved to 12-0 for the first time in school history.
Afterward, Trammell praised his teammates -- and the opposition, a team Clear Fork hammered 44-0 in the 2017 playoffs.
"We just kept rolling, kept working, kept getting yards. ... Our linemen really stepped up, got their assignments done and we pulled away with the win," said Trammell, who rushed for 219 yards on 27 carries and caught two passes for 38 more. "The linemen played their butts off."
Clearly, the Clippers (10-2) provided a stiffer test this season, trailing just 13-8 in the fourth quarter before senior quarterback Jared Schaefer scored on a 10-yard run and Trammell closed it with a 15-yard TD to seal the deal.
"(Clearview) just kept fighting, kept pushing," Trammell said. "They just wouldn't give up."
The win advances Clear Fork, which has won 23 of its last 24 games, into the regional finals next Saturday against St. Marys Memorial (11-1), which blasted Van Wert, 55-20, in its regional semifinal. The site for that game will be announced Sunday afternoon.
NO REPEAT: Clear Fork went 11-0 last year before losing to Bellevue in the regional semifinals, a fate Trammell vowed would not be repeated.
"We weren't gonna be done in the second round like last year. We were gonna keep going and get the win," said Trammell, who has rushed for 1,270 yards on just 147 carries this season, averaging 8.6 yards per attempt.
"It feels amazing. We made history. We're just gonna celebrate this win," Trammell said.
The start of the game looked like last year as the Colts took the opening kickoff and marched to the end zone, a drive capped by a 2-yard run by Trammell with 9:33 left on the clock. That was the only score of the half for Clear Fork, which turned the ball over three times before the intermission.
The Clippers took advantage of one of those turnovers in the second quarter and turned it into a 16-yard TD pass from junior QB Chase Christensen to senior receiver Julian Colbert. A run on the PAT failed and Clear Fork led 7-6 at the half.
Clear Fork drove 56 yards on 10 plays on its first possession of the third quarter, scoring on a 24-yard pass from Schaefer to Trammell. The PAT kick was blocked and the Colts led 13-6 with 4:19 left in the third period.
Clearview closed it to 13-8 when the Clippers blocked a Clear Fork punt through the end zone early in the fourth quarter, but could not find a way to break through the Clear Fork defense the rest of the way.
Clear Fork coach Dave Carroll, critical of his offensive line after the playoff win last week against Bryan, said he saw improvement. As a team, the Colts rushed for 294 yards on 43 carries.
"Trevon had some big rushing yards, so the offensive line has got to have something to do with that. We weren't real happy after last week with our offensive performance, especially up front. That was the big challenge of the week. We need to have a run game we can hang our hat on. That was what we were after tonight. We really wanted to be able to run the ball well," Carroll said.
STOUT DEFENSE: Clear Fork has allowed just two TDs in a pair of playoff wins. Carroll praised his defense, which allowed just 190 yards, while also offering kind words to Clearview seniors Drew Engle (5-11, 190) and David Renftle (6-0, 200).
"Those kids can run the football," he said. "We tried to tell our kids you can't just come up and give them a shoulder pad and hit them up high. They will stiff-arm you, spin out and run over you. They run hard. You saw them get some extra yards because of great effort. They play football the way you're supposed to play it."
Carroll, a Clear Fork graduate, said 12-0 is a special feeling.
"Being from here, and my dad being the head coach at Butler High School before the consolidation, it means an awful lot. Watching my older brothers play here before me, being able to come back here and coach and have these type of kids and have this kind of success, it means everything to me and my family," Carroll said.
"It's just an awesome feeling when you are back at your alma mater and having fun and being a part of something that is pretty cool."